In this age of economic uncertainty, the resposibilities of nonprofits and local governments have become more essential than ever to the community they serve. Conversely, the support for this vital work is harder and harder to come by. Finding your organizational story is your first best step toward cementing your mission and your financial stability. CPI can help you and your employees identify and invest in your own story. Subsequently, your mission will be carried forth in a stronger, clearer way to every constituent and every investor in that mission. Here are a few of the programs we have developed to accomplish that crucial task.
The Age of Story
Description: The most famous equation in the world is missing a variable! The equation should properly be written as: S(E=mc2). Where "S" stands for Story. Story-performance pioneers Dr. Richard Owen Geer and Jules Corriere, will inspire your meeting or conference with the untold story of story itself. Story increases or lessens the Energy of Anything. So the formula means "Energy equals Anything times its Story." And who creates the story? The ones who won the war? Those with the money to publish the book? Yesterday that was true. Today it is the ones with the strongest story skills. Einstein started the Atomic Age. Today we're entering the StoryAge as we grasp the power each of us has to discover, craft, and manifest reality-changing story.
Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Target Audience/size: 50+
Special Requirements: LCD projector
Takeaways: Awaken your group to story and the power of your story to shape your future.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter
Description: Through personal story and collective performance CPI brings strangers into a relationship or boosts the commitment and creativity of an existing group. Participants find a partner, each pair sharing stories on the topic of your choice. The stories are winnowed as partners join other pairs. Groups of four to eight perform using whatever furniture, props, and costume items are available. The process discovers inspirational stories for your organization and affirms the talent of your people and their ability to function as a creative team.
Duration: 3 hours
Special Requirements: Large open room(s).
Takeaways: Trust building. Creative team building. Diversity training.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter, assistant
The Story We Are
Description: Creating a performance of group identity and a harvest of wisdom. When humans witness their stories performed by their people, their community is defined. From the parables of the performance, the group harvests its particular wisdom--local knowledge. Participants learn different modalities of story exchange, and uncover stories which characterize their organization. These stories are winnowed and focused through the performance building process. Performance may be shared with a larger segment of the organization, or even the public and funders. Event may be used as a fund raiser.
Duration: 12 hours including performance (one or two days).
Target Audience/size: 30-60 participants, audience up to 200.
Special Requirements: Theatrical lights, costumes, props can be added if desired.
Takeaways: Individual empowerment, group bonding, locating and performing the organizational story.
Staffing: Master Story Crafter, one or two assistants